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Martian Summit, YETI Lawsuit, Budget Multi-Tool: GJ Week In Review

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A recap of top stories for the week of April 23 – 29, 2017.

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1) Patagonia May Sue White House Over Nat’l Monument Review

‘We’re watching the Trump administration’s actions very closely and preparing to take every step necessary.’ — Rose Marcario, Patagonia CEO.

2) $425 Pre-Dirtied Jeans Spur Mike Rowe Rant

The former ‘Dirty Jobs’ host and outspoken champion of blue-collar America went off on a recent fashion trend.

3) 45 Miles, Two Nights: Pushing The Limits Of A Foldable Kayak

Can an origami ‘folding’ kayak manage the rigors of a multi-day, whitewater river trip? We paddled an Oru Bay ST 45 miles down the John Day River to find out.

4) Sci-Fi Ascent: Firm Calls For Route Up Tallest Mountain On Mars

Is this a new frontier… or a sci-fi fantasy? A group of future-minded scientists want your help in making Martian exploration, and recreation, a reality.

5) Love Fishing Gear? These 6 Buys Give Back

Anglers love fishing just about as much as fishing gear. But if you want to hit the water and do good for the planet, consider a few brands that give back.

6) UK Chain Buys Eastern Mountain Sports

The UK’s largest sports retailer will buy the 50-year-old American outdoor retail brand for $101 million.

7) Monday Bargains: Three Steals To Start Your Week

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price. Check out the bargains from KEEN, Columbia, and Kelty.

8) Get Whittling Basics With NEMO Spoon Shaper Kit

Ready, set, whittle! Everything you need to saw, shape, and craft your own spoons all rolls up into the latest offering from NEMO.

The Spoon Shaper Nemo Equipment 15th Anniversary

9) In The Spotlight: Green Guru Brand Profile

Green Guru upcycles outdoor gear waste into new products, keeping used products like inner tubes and fabric scraps out of landfills, while employing manufacturers in Colorado.

10) OIA: Outdoor Industry Worth $887 Billion

A new study by the Outdoor Industry Association shows American spend more on recreation than automotive, pharmaceutical industries.

11) Trailer: ‘Last Stand’ Of The Mountain Caribou

This could be the final plea to save the critically endangered mountain caribou and the habitat that helps it survive.

12) Lightweight, Photochromic: ‘Fyre’ Cycling Glasses Review

From noon to night, the 2017 line of Ryders ‘Fyre’ cycling glasses pack a lot of features into an all-conditions, anytime lens. And the price reflects it.

ryders fyre sunglasses review

13) Cheap Thrills: The Sheffield Hammer 14-in-1 Multi-tool

The Sheffield Hammer 14-In-1 Multi-Tool offers a lot of gadgetry in a cheap, modest package. But is it trail worthy or a cheap gimmick?

14) GearJunkie Nationwide Tour Continues! ‘Live Your Local Adventure’ 2017

Join GearJunkie on local adventures across the nation! This year, GearJunkie and Eddie Bauer’s ‘Live Your Local Adventure’ Tour is stopping by 8 cities to put on rad group adventures and free happy hour events.

15) First Look: Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

A next-generation outdoors/exercise watch, the Spartan Sport Wrist HR is a 24/7 activity tracker with a built-in heart rate monitor and GPS.

16) These Overlanding Tools Make For Happier Trails

Explore vast, remote landscapes in a self-sufficient vehicle, all you need are some skills — and the right tools. Check out this overlanding gear to keep rolling.

17) ENO Lounger DL: Hammock Comfort In A Camp Chair

ENO’s latest lounger stands on its own. And boy, it feels nice.

18) Zimmerbuilt: My Custom Pack, Hand Sewn In The USA

Want a backpack made to perfectly fit your body with exactly the features you desire? Chris Zimmer will sew one just for you.

19) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings Of The Week

Outdoor gear deals that are too good to pass up. Click at your own risk! Check out deals from: Arc’teryx, REI, Patagonia, MSR, Eddie Bauer, and more.

20) ‘Packing It Out’ Tour Begins! Event And Cleanup Schedule

Today, the Packing It Out duo embarks on a 5,025-mile bike tour. Along the way, they’ll host REI store events and local cleanups. Check out their schedule here and join the cause!

21) YETI Sues Home Depot, Takeya For ‘Confusingly Similar’ Mugs

The cooler and tumbler behemoth is in court again, this time suing Home Depot and drinkware-manufacturer Takeya USA for trademark infringement.

takeya-yeti 20 oz tumbler side by side

22) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

Our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

23) Three-Year Test: The Osprey Talon 22 Backpack

Hikes, bikes, and ice climbs, Osprey’s Talon 22 is a jack-of-all-trades pack. We tested it through three years of dusty, thorny, sometimes muddy archaeological expeditions.

24) The Results Are In: Half Of Americans Don’t Play Outside

What’s good, bad, and ugly in the outdoors? The Outdoor Foundation’s 2017 outdoor participation report has it all.

25) A Single Pack For Singletrack: Mission Workshop Hauser

Made in the USA, this 14-liter roll-top hydration is pricy but tough as nails. Our reviewer gave the Mission Workshop Hauser Hydration Pack a rigorous test for this review.

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